Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Pulpit plagiarism
  • UMC’s top priorities
  • Gallup Bible poll
  • UK’s fastest growing church
  • Bachelorette church show
  • Decision fatigue

Is pulpit plagiarism on the rise? Some blame the InternetReligion News Service: Recent cases of pastors accused of lifting others’ material are raising questions about whether pulpit plagiarism is on the rise — and whether it has become a more forgivable sin.

Poll: Making disciples tops United Methodists’ priorities; sexuality ranks lowUnited Methodist Reporter: Creating disciples of Christ, spiritual growth and youth involvement are among the top priorities for U.S. UMC members, survey finds.

Three in four in U.S. still see the Bible as word of GodGallup: But 21%, near the 40-year high, consider it fables and history.

How reverse missionaries built the UK's fastest-growing churchChristian Today: Britain's fastest growing church is The Redeemed Christian Church of God, a denomination that has turned the traditional missionary story on its head, by sending out evangelists to convert the West.

Seek and ye shall find a hottieThe New York Times: In another development in the continuing spectacle that is religion in America, the congregation helps pick your date on new TV show, ‘It Takes a Church.’

The Spark

Why having too many choices is making you unhappyMore options means more possibilities to be perfectly content--right? Fast Company explains why decision fatigue is sapping us of happiness and making us regret the choices we make.

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